Swipes Fees Hurt Retailers and Consumers

Texas is known for its friendliness, delicious food, honesty, and of course, that everything is bigger and better in the Lone Star State. The grocery industry is no different. Grocers invest in the communities they serve, ensuring quality and affordable food is readily available, while competing openly in a large industry every day to create […]


TRA Opposes the Border Adjustment Tax

The proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) could cost the average family $1,700 in the first year alone if it is enacted. TRA is pushing back against the ill-conceived tax that could burden our members. TRA, along with other retail associations, retailers, and retail service providers have joined the Americans for Affordable Products Coalition. The Americans […]


In the Cart: February 2017 Compilation

Here’s a compilation of some of the biggest stories affecting grocers for February 2017. New Rules from TX Department of State Health Services on Food Handlers Texas Food Establishment Rules adopted this past year (September 2016) have several new requirements for retail establishments. One of those areas of rule change is in article 228.33  (click […]

Food Deserts talk at Rice

Food Deserts: A National Concern

Recently TRA’s Joe Williams spoke to students of Rice University about a very important topic: Food Deserts. Joe’s been working with grocers across the nation for decades and has seen the impact a proper grocery store can have on a community. He also knows what can happen when fresh, healthy food isn’t readily available. We’ve […]


In the Cart: January 2017 Compilation

Menu Labeling Update NGA (National Grocers Association (NGA) reports in their January Newsletter that there is discussion of proposed new legislation to change current regulatory requirements for the FDA’s Menu Labeling regulation which is set to become effective May 5, 2017. Members of the House and Senate are expected to reintroduce legislation in the coming […]


TRA Introduces the Texas Organized Retail Crime Association

We’re excited to introduce the new www.TexasORCA.org website, which allows AP/LP/Law Enforcement to post information on subjects conducting Organized Retail Crime activity. This site aims to benefit benefit all retailers and law enforcement across Texas.  The Texas Retailer Association has sponsored this site in an effort to help combat ORC activity. A couple of features of this site […]


TRA Announces Legislative Priorities

For Immediate Release January 3, 2017 AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Retailers Association (TRA) has prepared legislative priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.  Collectively, TRA represents more than 320,000 retail establishments and over 3.5 million jobs across the state. The association supports all levels of Texas retail including grocery stores, chains and single location small […]


Texas retailers, service sector optimistic for 2017 but uncertainty abounds

TEXAS SERVICE SECTOR AND RETAIL EXECUTIVES POSTED RECORD LEVELS OF CONFIDENCE IN THEIR COMPANIES’ OUTLOOK, CITING THE END OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THE STATE’S IMPROVING OIL AND GAS SECTOR. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ future general business activity index for the state’s service sector hit an all-time high of 39.8, indicating optimism […]